Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

England trounce Sri Lanka in Galle Test

England trounce Sri Lanka in Galle Test

Moeen Ali went past 150 Test wickets as England spun to victory in Galle.

England are primed to claim victory in the first match of a three-test series.

Moeen Ali and Jack Leach shared seven wickets as England win by 211 runs.

The tourists triumphed inside four days in Galle, breezing past Sri Lanka by 211 runs after big centuries from debutant Ben Foakes and under-fire opener Keaton Jennings. "We'll have to say "sorry" to him, we couldn't give him a really good farewell".

But Jennings played cautiously and looked comfortable against spin on a wearing pitch that promises Sri Lanka a Herculean task on day four.

England made 342 in the first innings thanks to a century from Ben Foakes, filling in as wicketkeeper for the injured Jonny Bairstow.

Jos Buttler made 35 and England's first-innings hero Ben Foakes contributed 37 before Root chose to give his bowler a go at the Sri Lankan openers in fading light.

'Our batting was below-par during the game, you can't stay in the game (with this kind of batting),' said Chandimal.

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"Credit goes to England, they played some outstanding cricket".

"We're really proud of him and really proud of the rest of the guys". Sri Lanka coach Chandika Hathurusingha said.

"We knew we were going to have to work hard and that there would be periods where we would have to be very patient, hold our nerve, trust our plans and how we were going to go about things", said Root. "It's been a fantastic start to things. It will be touch and go for the second test match".

Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne had denied them for more than an hour for a 51-run stand and might well have batted the entire session had they focused on defence rather being tempted into more aggressive strokes. The ball earlier he was given out but reprieved on review.

Angelo Mathews (53 off 92 balls) and Kusal Mendis (45 off 77) added 46 for the fourth wicket as the last real form of resistance, with Mathews surviving until the 69th over, when he was caught by Jos Buttler off Moeen Ali to leave Sri Lanka on 190-6. The contributions of offspinner Akila Dananjaya came in for especial scrutiny - Dananjaya got only two wickets in the match, and conceded more than 4.7 runs per over.

Moeen Ali, out first ball in the first innings, fared little better in the second, driving straight to Rangana Herath at mid-on off Dilruwan Perera for three.

England captain Joe Root (three) also had a deja vu moment when Herath dismissed him for the second time in the match.

"It is very disappointing with the way we got out. getting out to the traps they set". When we used to play cricket, we learned from people who played with us, and we had like certain periods of game where we bowl short. "They outplayed us in all three departments of the game".

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